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... 40km hop to Villemagne in dull weather, ended when we reached the Weedons, in bright sunshine. Time to fill the cubes and for D to have a swim. And best of all, hot showers.
Friday was lunch and supper with Simon and Suzie. We brought some wines from Aquitaine and a bottle of an orange liqueur called Perigord. So good food and fab company.
Saturday again was warm and sunny and we went to the evening concert. Hmmm! More equipment ...
Well it didn't take long and we were once again in the Peugeot doing 130kph. The 630 km trip to Soulan in the Pyrenees would go quick at this pace, so would our coins. Those nasty toll machines seemed to be getting more greedy by the kilometer.
These next couple of nights hadn't been pre-booked, so the planned (or not so planned) intention was to "wing" it.
On arrival at the skiing resort town of Saint- Larry Soulan we were having ...
... We went out from there exploring for two days. Mostly a maize area. We found a huge new shopping centre in St Pierre du Marsan. 85 outlets. Rain at night, but quite pleasant in the daytime. Millie made friends and was offered all kinds of treats which we had to refuse as she is still up and down with her health.
Our next move was to an aire in Mielan. Well laid out aire with good facilities. The village was lovely. But ...
... Arreau. It’s not far along the valley to Avanjan, where we started our last climb of the day. The Col de Peyresourde (1569m) is another legendary climb. The gradient soon ramps up and stays fairly steady, though it eased off a little as we got higher up. The road takes us through open pasture, which allows us to see the spectacular views all around. We then had a fantastic 15km descent into the lovely mountain spa town of Bagnères-de-Luchon 113km (70 ...
... of poorly people being wheeled about by nurses. Unbelievable! Nuns, priests and nurses everywhere. Holy water being sold in plastic bottles!! Lots and lots of statues of Mary. Some bigger than me. Oh, id love to put one in our neighbours front garden. They would love it!! Glad I saw Lourdes for myself. Shocking. But, each to their own. Moving on tomorrow for ...